God is a Problem for Manyby Dr. Henderson Ward
God is a problem for many because they demand that we have a perfect conception of God, or they are not interested. However, there are ways to test God and see his effectiveness.
The Best of Intentionsby Richard L. Provencher
As we move through life, angels are about --- watching and protecting through events that turn and twist in our lives. If we acknowledge Jesus in our lives, we can live comfortably in his shadow. Such is the life of a miner in this poem, where work can be a struggle, but a loved one can provide respite, his wife and a Bible waiting.
Being True To Jesusby Sue Darling
A great number of people are becoming more and more selfish and living to please only themselves. Prayer is so important and powerful. We need to pray for the world.
Respite is My Needby Richard L. Provencher
There is a growing need for programs dealing with mental health, which can cripple the attitudes and loving conditions for so many. In my poem I seek out the solitude of the woods and go to the supreme counselor of them all, Jesus.
Insisting That the Gospels Are Works of Pure History Causes Problemsby Max Aplin
Modern Western Christians often simply assume that the four Gospels are historical in every detail. However, although they are basically historical, they were never intended to be works of pure history. Insisting that they are completely historical leads to dishonest use of the Bible, encourages extremely unnatural interpretations of biblical passages, and puts people off the Christian faith.
How an Idol of Jesus is Stealing All the Worshipby Isaac Mwangi
Who are Christians worshipping? Many Christians would be taken aback or even offended if they were asked to confirm that they indeed worship the real Jesus. Yet, the apostle Paul pointed out that many believers gladly accept deceptions. Today, the situation is even worse, with Jesus the idol having taken over the lives of many believers, who unknowingly worship a Jesus born of their their own false notions - and centuries of deception.
Facing my Fearsby Laetitia King
"My Fears" is a giant that many Christians don't like to face. This article is written in a story format, exploring the reality of fears on our lives, and how to counteract it.
Is The Doctrine Of Christ Worth Following?by Ngozi Nwoke
Is it foolishness to still be following the doctrine Of Jesus Christ? Are the words of Christ true? These and many more are the questions raging through the heads of people. But a man called Paul has the answer to these questions. This article aims at using the words and life of Paul to answer whether the doctrines of Christ is worth following.
Hopeby Sue Darling
Hope is important to hang on to, many people think of love and faith and that is good but not many people realize how important hope is.
Overcoming Fearby stephanie reck
God tells us in the Bible over 100 times, "Do not be afraid." Yet, we can be paralyzed and overcome with fear. There is a lot of things we can fear, the unknown, the future, change, people, failure, and rejection.
I Don't Want to Look Like an iPhoneby Abby Kelly
I'm praying about this, asking God to reorient my priorities. I'm leaving the smart phone in the other room. Modern culture bombards me with a constant stream of information, images, suggestions and ideasand I become what I behold.
Staying Alertby Zach Wood
It's important for us to stay alert to the things the enemy does around us to pull us away.
How To Not Get Lostby Abby Kelly
Then God, ever patient with us, says, "Sweetheart, you have known me for some time now. How is it that you don't know the way?"
ALEXANDER AND APOSTLE PAULby Ikpa Onwuka
So who was Alexander? And what evil did he do to Paul that he had to mention it to Timothy in this letter? Could it not wait since Timothy would be coming to him? How painful was it that he even had to say "the Lord reward him according to his works"?
We would get to know all these as we read on.
I've come to understand that in our work with God, we could be exposed to temptations that if not overcome might lead to betrayal of one another for various 'idols'.
LAZINESS AND SLOTHFULNESSby Henry Miranda
As Christians, we know that our labors will be rewarded by our Lord if we persevere in diligence: "Let us not become weary in doing the Lord's work , for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. So in the matter of our spiritual life, we dare not procrastinate.
Mining from the Binby Richard L. Provencher
The trash man is one name he goes by, yet others know there are treasures around. And first to notice and declare special items with a new "good until" date.
Someone Else's Summerby Abby Kelly
"Julie swallowed a jealous frown and turned to inspect a bag of Oreos, hopeful the women wouldn't see her eyes water with tears."
A young girl learns contentment during a lonely summer.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 11by Karl Kemp
Much of the discussion here in Part 11 is devoted to God's creation of man ("Let Us [us] make man in Our [our] image" [Gen. 1:26]) and God's plans for man (believers), including His ultimate plans. We also discuss the original vegetarian diet for man and animals and the seventh day (Gen. 2:1-3).
Guilty as charged!by Grace Tom-Lawyer
Gossip happens daily and as christians we find ourselves getting involved from time to time, how can we avoid this pitfall as we strive to be all God wants us to be?
Jesus, the Dividerby Gregory John Monroe
Jesus' speaks the truth. Some will accept it, some won't. The truth is that He must come first, even in our families. Making Him foremost can reap benefits for all.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 10by Karl Kemp
We continue the discussion of the firmament that God created on the second day, above which He placed the large amounts of excess water that was on the earth (Gen. 1:2) when His recreation began. And we discuss God's creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19).
COMPULSION OR COMPASSION?by Carol Hind
Meeting the needs of the lost or hurting rarely fits neatly into our schedule. Sometimes, when we ourselves are suffering and therefore feel least able to minister, a needy person crosses our pathway. Should we ignore their needs, or look past our own in order to serve them? Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love and concern for the wellbeing of others and as his disciples we are called to emulate him.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 9by Karl Kemp
The first two-thirds of Part 9 are excerpts from Extended Note F, "The Use of 'Day' and the 'Seven Days' in the Creation Account of Genesis 1:1-2:3." Then we come to Gen. 1:7, 8, where God created the firmament and put the excess water on the earth above the firmament. That same water was undoubtedly poured out on the earth at the time of the flood of Noah's day.
You Gave Your Word!by Steve Countryman
John 1:1-5 "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
You Gave Your Word!by Steve Countryman
Hebrews 6:13 "When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself" God gave us His word and has kept His word. His promises are "yes" and "amen". God gave His word as a promise to mankind and God gave His Word, Jesus, as that promise fulfilled to mankind.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World; Part 8by Karl Kemp
The first two pages are under the heading, "Brief Discussion Regarding the More Traditional Interpretation of these Verses [Gen. 1:1-2:3]." Another heading here in Part 9 is "Some Key Reasons [Six Reasons] for Not Seeing Literal Twenty-Four Hour Days in this Passage."
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 7by Karl Kemp
We finish the study of the Hebrew verb "badal," which means to separate, to distinguish between, etc., which is quite important for the interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3. This verb is used five times in this passage. Then we come to a section titled, "A Discussion Regarding Symbolic/Spiritual Language in the Bible." And finally we begin to discuss God's removing the large amounts of excess water on the earth and putting it above the firmament He makes on the second day.
One More Disappointmentby Taylor Cummings
In life, we all face disappointments at times. In this devotional, I talk about how I was recently faced with a major disappointment. I also share how God is helping me through it.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 6by Karl Kemp
We continue with the study on the symbolic/spiritual use of the words light, darkness, day, and night, which is very important to the interpretation of the creation account of Genesis 1:1-2:3. And we begin a study on the Hebrew verb "badal," "to separate," "to distinguish between," which is used five times in this passage. A proper understanding of this verb is quite important to the interpretation of this creation account.
7 Solid Reasons Why God Blesses His People Financiallyby Ngozi Nwoke
Do you want God to bless you financially? Or are you wondering why you are not prospering the way you want to prosper? God wants to bless you but He has His own reasons for blessing people, which if you agree to them you will be in a better position to be prospered by Him. This article gives the reasons why God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children.
LESSONS FROM THE LEPERby Ikpa Onwuka
There are four lessons which we must learn from the Luke chapter one leper who had his healing instantly at his encounter with Jesus. He came to Jesus a leper, but left a whole man. He had his request honoured immediately. The big question is: What did he do? Or what did he not do that yielded such instantaneous result? Mind you, Jesus still lives within us today, so it's not a question of whether we see him physically as the leper saw.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 5by Karl Kemp
Genesis 1:1 serves as a title for the creation account of Gen. 1:1-2:3. Genesis 1:1 does not speak of God creating all things out of nothing in the absolute beginning; the earth was created and Lucifer fell and was judged before Gen. 1:1. We also begin a study of the frequent and quite important symbolic use of the words "light" and "darkness" in the Bible here in Part 5.
Peace in the Stormby stephanie reck
We cannot avoid strife in this world, but with God we can know perfect peace, even in turmoil. Keeping your thoughts and trust in God will keep you in peace. We can easily lose our peace, when we look at the surrounding circumstances in our lives and in the world.
The Dead Hear His Voice And Live And Not Dieby Ngozi Nwoke
What is that dead thing or situation in your life? Rejoice and be glad for when it hears the voice of the son of God it shall live! Christ is able to swallow up death in and around you by His word. This post encourages you to make use of the power of Christ's words over dead or dying situations or things around you. They hear Him and live and not die.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 4by Karl Kemp
I'll include several excerpts that will briefly explain the Cambrian explosion, which is quite important and some excerpts from "Earth's Earliest Ages" by G. H. Pember that was originally published in 1876 that deal with the probable origin of demons. Then we will start a rather thorough verse-by-verse study of Genesis 1:1-2:3.
Finishing the raceby Henry Miranda
The writer of Hebrews echoes the words of Paul: "Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)
A Worthy Prayerby Abby Kelly
God doesn't need His ego stroked. He does not bend His ear to earth because we are radically devoted to Him. God bends low to hear us because of His love for us, his unwarranted, unprecedented, deadly, life-giving love.
"Nothing moves the hand of God like the love of God."
Abideby Michael Hume
Abide in God by more effort in Bible reading, fasting and prayer.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 3by Karl Kemp
Part 3 continues with some excerpts that help demonstrate that God (the God of the Bible) created our world and the life that exists in it. We did not get here by evolution! We were created by God, who is the only One able to save and the ultimate Judge.
From Riches to Relianceby Abby Kelly
ncome to budget, when budgeting no longer makes sense? When you don't have the extra 5% to put into an emergency fund, or 10% into savings, or when you don't have enough to purchase the bonus-size box of diapers even though it really is a better deal?
Finding Meaningby Taylor Cummings
"What's the point of it all?" Solomon had this same question, and he set out to find answers. In this devotional, I share the struggles Solomon had with this question and what God says about purpose.
Days unforseenby Mathetes Disciple
That he would be there tomorow,and the day after tomorrow,even in days to come.Unto eternity itself.
Days unforseen,dark and menacing days,....
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 1by Karl Kemp
This account of God's creation of our world in Genesis 1:1-2:3 is quite important. For one thing, we must know that God (the God of the Bible) is the Creator of all that exists, including the universe, the earth, and man. We must know that we were created by God in His image, that we are fallen beings (see Genesis chapter 3 for a start), and that we are called to repent and submit to God's very generous plan of salvation.